MOSCOW, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Social security, wage increase and deficit control will be among Russia's major priorities in the next three years, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday in his budget address.
Medvedev presented the measures concerning federal spending for 2011-2013 in an address to the Federal Assembly and the government, local media reported.
Social security is of high priority, Medvedev said. In this regard, he pointed out the demographic problems Russia would face in the next 20 years. The government must work out a long-term pension program, he said.
The president said wage increases, education, health care, reforms of the Interior Ministry, transportation and innovations also would be priorities.
Medvedev urged members of the parliament to raise the wages of civil servants, military personnel and judges, as well as scholarships for students.
At the same time, he offered to cut the number of civil servants by one fifth during the next three years.
"That will save up to 50 percent of federal means," he noted.
He also called for halving the budget deficit in 2013.